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The Advertising Medium for Bluffton Trade Territory VOLUME NO. LXIII BUCKEYE LEASE GAINS SUPPORT Committee from Lions (lub Club Favors Proposal in Conference Tuesday Town Council to Consider Lease Of Swimming Spot from Utility Company Proposed lease of Buckeye quarry by the town for swimming and re c.eational purposes gained momen tum the first of the week when the project was endorsed by a committee from the Bluffton Lions club, a com munity service organization. The proposal to lease the place to the municipality was made several weeks ago by the Central Ohio Light & Power company, which owns the quarry. The company indicated that it was unwilling to grant a lease to an in dividual but would lease the place to the municipality for a five year period at $1 per year. In event the municipality is unwilling to take over the place under lease, the quarry will be closed to the public, the company stated. Confer With Mayor In a conference with Mayor W. A. Howe, Tuesday night, a committee from the Lions club approved the lease proposal and indicated that the club would cooperate with the city administration in the project. Personnel of the Lions club com mittee included: C. G. Coburn, Noah Basinger, I. B. Beeshy, Ross Bogart, Armin Hauenstein, John Swisher and Fred Getties. During the past week some senti ment appeared in favor of applying for a WPA project to fit up the quarry at the water works plant for swimming. However, opinion at the conference Tuesday night was expressed in favor of the Buckeye lease. The Buckeye, which has been established for the past twenty years as a swimming spot here would robably continue to be in popular demand, it was felt. School Pupils to Vote Whether Bluffton high school stu dents would prefer to swim in the Buckeye or waterworks will be in dicated next Monday when a vote on the matter will be taken, it was announced the first of the week. The vote will be under auspices of the Hi-Y club, student service organiza tion. Thirty-two members of the Hi-Y club a week ago petitioned the council to keep the Buckeye quarry open during the coming summer. The matter of the lease is expect ed to be one of the principal mat ters to come before the town coun cil next Monday night and a de cision on the matter is expected at that time. In provisions of a lease submitted to the council by the Central Ohio Light & Power company, the muni cipality would be given a free hand in the matter of operation of the quarry for swimming and recreation purposes. No Liability to Utility The utility company, however, spe cifies that it be relieved of any lia bility in event of accidents arising from operation of the quarry. Also the company reserves the right to use the water in case of emergency and the town may do nothing to contaminate or diminish the water supply. Members of the town council indi cated that in event the quarry was leased by the municipality, it would oe sub-leased to some individual who would assume responsibility for op eration of the place. Liability in surance against accidents will also be considered. In the matter of upkeep, which would be in the hands of the lease, the place is said to be in good con dition with exception of the two floating beaches which will require considerable repairs. Under terms of the proposed lease the municipality would have per mission to erect any buildings or other improvements deemed neces sary for operation of the quarry for swimming and bathing and would also have the privilege of removing them at the expiration of the lease. Real Estate Deal Orville Matter has purchased the 'orty acre tract known as the John Kohler farm four miles south of town. The place was owned by Frank Burkholder and occupied by his son, Sidney Burkholder. The land adjoins Matter’s farm. The deal was made by the Althaus & Collins agency here. Edwin Badertscher has purchased from Harley Diller three lots on Jefferson street on the site formerly occupied by the Agin poultry house. 1 fhe Schools To Close On Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22 FJLUFFTON’S high and grade schools will be closed on Washington’s birthday, next Wednesday. Action authorizing closing of the schools on that day was taken at a meeting of the Bluffton board of education, Tuesday night. In observance of the holiday there will be no mail delivery on city or rural routes, Post master Ed Reichenbach an nounced. The Citizens bank will also be dosed on that day. TO GET COST OF CITY HEAT LINES Estimated Expenditure for Construction of Mains to Be Made by Engineer Mayor W. A. Howe Promises To I^ay Facts Before People In Investigation Possibility of providing a city-wide residential heating service from a central municipal heating plant will be investigated in detail by Bluffton’s city administration, Mayor W. A. Howe announced this week. In commenting on the investigation program, the mayor said all facts that can be ascertained without going to undue expense will be presented to the public. Action of the municipality is the result of a petition presented last week by some fifty Bluffton taxpayers and prospective home ow-ners asking that heat be made generally available for residences in all sections of the town. Will Estimate Cost In connection with the investigation, Mayor Howe and Superintendent J. W. Swisher, of the Municipal light and power plant will meet in Lima this week with an engineer from The Crane Co., manfuacturers of heating and plumbing equipment to obtain an es timate on the cost of heat lines extend ing thruout the town. No expense is involved in this phase of the investigation, the mayor said, and with approximate figures avail able it will be possible to determine what the aggregate cost of the pro ject migh be. Although estimates to be furnished by representatives of the Crane com pany will be for construction only of the heating mains and will not include operating costs, some light on the cost of operation has been obtained from data furnished by representa tives of the Central Ohio Light and Power company who operate a cen tral heating system from their Find lay generating plant. Assume “Live” Steam Required Figures from the Central Ohio Light and Power Findlay heating ser vice where live steam is used indi cate the cost of heating an average size home is approximately $120 per year. This is based on a rate of 30 cents per foot of radiation. This rate which was described as being lower than the average, is said to be neces sary because live steam is required. Bluffton’s rate of 15 cents per foot of radiation is based on use of waste steam which otherwise would bring no return to the municipal plant. In most cases where centrally dis tributed heat, produced from live steam is available, the cost is from 18 to 25 per cent higher than heating by coal in an individual furnace, it was pointed out. Estimate Heat From Municipal Plant Investigation of the possibility of centrally distributed heat is being pur sued on the basis that the heat would have to be provided by the municipal plant. Riley Creek Proves Useful To Early Richland Twp. Settlers Spokesman for the Central Ohio Light and Power Co., last week an nounced that the utility is not inter ested in nor prepared to provide heat from their Bluffton generating plant. In fuilher explanation this week it was pointed out that hot water dis charged at present into the large quar ry varies from about 80 degrees in summer to 60 degrees in winter and could not at all be adapted for heat ing purposes. It is not hot enough in its present discharged state to be used for heating because the temperature would be considerably lowered in transmission. Further details will be announced as the investigation continues .Mayor Howe said Wednesday. Stream Operates Siddall's Grist Mill and Furnishes Water For Cooking Pioneer Paddled Homemade Canoe Down Riley to Toledo Trading Post The Bluffton News presents the twenty-fifth installment of the "Centennial Series" dealing with early Bluffton history and published in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of Bluffton's founding.—Editor. In the midst of the dense forests where the early settlers of Richland township built their first log cobins, the activities of life and of gaining a livelihood were of the most ardu ous nature. Neighbors were few and far between, mills and stores were miles away, tools were scarce and the few trails were almost impass able. Here Indians still conducted hunt ing parties, and bears, wolves, deer and many other wild animals were plentiful. For many years the only meat available was that of the wild animals which the settlers shot or trapped in spare moments domestic animals were too necessary for other purposes. Oxen were used to pull stumps, to plow the recently cleared fields, and to transport materials. The few cows that were at hand furnished the families with the dairy products, which were prepared by the individ ual families. Lost Cattle Big Problem One of the greatest problems in the lives of these pioneers was to find lost cattle. A great many ad ventures came with this activity. Sometimes men would leave the (Continued on page 2) Presents Charter To New Lions Club When Forrest Steinman presented a charter to the newly organized Lions club at Stow, Ohio, Monday night, it was the fifth charter to be presented by the Bluffton man since he assumed the duties of district governor of Lions clubs last July. Other clubs who have received charters presented by Steinman are those of Green Springs, Sunbury, Talmadge and Marion. Steinman was accompanied to Stowe by Mrs. Steinman and also State Secretary of Lions clubs E. S. Lape and Mrs. Lape. Last Rites Are Held For Mrs. Ted Clark Funeral services for Mrs. Ted Clark were held at her late home on North Main street, Sunday after noon. Rev. C. L. Grabill of the Missionary church officiated at the services following which interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery. Mi*s. Clark, aged 61, died at her home here Friday morning from uremic poisoning. She had been in failing health for the past ten years. She was born near New Stark, Hancock county, March 17, 1877 and resided in Bluffton during most of the time since her marriage. Surviving are her husband one daughter, Mrs. Stella Core two sons George and Don Clark and five grandchildren, all of Bluffton. Red Cross Aid For Earthquake Victims Bluffton and vicinity have been asked by the Red Cross for contri butions for relief of Chilean earth quake victims, it was announced here the first of the week by officers of the local Red Cross chapter. No canvass of the town will be made but residents are urged to leave money for this purpose at the Citizens bank or either drug store. Red Cross executives pointed out that because of the present crisis, the need for early action is urgent. Report Former Local Pastor Seriously III Rev. W. S. Gottshall, former Bluffton minister, is seriously ill with complications at the Mennonite home in Frederick, Pa., according to word received here the first of the week. Rev. Gottshall, former pastor of the First Mennonite, Ebenezer and St. John churches here, has been un til recently pastor of a Mennonite church near Quakertown, Pa. Mrs. Gottshall who was quite ill during the past year is reported somewhat improved. A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INT ERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1939 POSTOFFICE SITE SUBSOIL TESTED Shafts Sunk to Depth of Fif teen Feet to Supply Data For Foundation Information Forwarded t(j Washington to be Basis For Specifications Preliminary steps looking toward the construction of Bluffton’s new $80,000 federal post office building were under way the first of the week with the taking of sub-soil tests. Several shafts have been sunk to a depth of fifteen fbet to determine the type of underlying soil and its suitability for a foundation. Sam ples of the soil taken at specified intervals are forwarded to Washing ton where they wfll furnish a basis for specifications for the foundation. The site at Soul’ Main and Franklin street purchased by the government for the location of the new building was surveyed during the past week by J. D. Levin, en gineer from the procurement divis ion of the public buildings branch of the United States Treasury de partment. Gets Data on Location Levin also took photographs of the location and gathered information relative to sewers and other data pertaining to the property. This in formation will also be sent to Wash ington and used as a basis for de termining construction details. Levin will be here at frequent in tervals, having his headquarters at present in Paulding where he is supervising construction of a new federal post office building. Contracts for construction will be let and work started before the close of the government’s fiasco year, June 30, Levin stated. Work on the structure likely will be under way early in May with 300 days allowed for completion of the building, he said. However, in most cases work of this type is com pleted within seven months, Levin added. High School To Stage "Chimes Of Normandy9 Attired in Norman-French cos tumes of the seventeenth century, a Bluffton high school cast and sup porting chorus of sixty voices will present Robert Planquette’s tuneful light opera, “Chimes of Normandy” in the high school gymnasium Thurs day night at 8 o’clock. The production is under direction of Miss Ruth Lambertus, instructor in vocal music in the schools as sisted by an orchestra under direc tion of Prof. Sidney Hauenstein, in structor in instrumental music. Action of the opera centers about the Count of Corneville, long lost heir, who returns to his boyhood home in Normandy and his subse quent romance with Germaine, a servant girl who turns out to be an heiress. Principals of the cast are: Henri, ................ Paul Soldner Grenecheux, sailor Herbert Oyer Gaspard, miser Wilhelm Amstutz, II Bailie, ............ Kenneth Gable village governor Germaine, ..... Bonita Clark Serpolette, Mary Alice Howe Gaspard’s wards Gertrude, ........ Zitella Getties Manette, ....... Jeanne Baumgartner Village girls The supporting chorus includes man and maid servants, maidens, peasants and coachmen. Name Speaker For M. E. Father-Son Dinner Rev. V. H. Allman, conference superintendent of the United Breth ren church will be the speaker at the Father-Son banquet in the Methodist church dining room next Monday night at 6:30 o’clock. The affair is sponsored by the Men’s Brotherhood, it is announced by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Weed, pastor. A program of quartet and group singing has been arranged. Dinner will be served by young people of the Epworth League. Births Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Steiner of Jenera are the parents of a daugh ter born at the Bluffton Community hospital, Wednesday morning. Announcement has been made of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Mills of Marion. Mrs. Mills was formerly Miss Martha Badertscher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Badertscher of this place. UFFTON NEWS Doubling the capacity of the Woodcock generating plant operated here by the Central Ohio Light and Power Co. last week resulted in closing uf the St. Marys plant of the utip«, which had been in con tinuous»)eration since 1902. Out^nijl’of the local plant was doiAldKi recently by the installation o^B* new 5000 KW generator, and t^Fmain load required for the ex tensive holdings of the utility now is generated locally. Closing of the old powerhouse in St. Marys last week also marked the end of another reminder of the days when the Western Ohio interurban railway operated thru this part of More Than 200 Expected to At tend Dinner at High School Next Tuesday Prominent State Officials are Included on Speakers' Program Here Approximately 200 persons are ex pected to attend the fifth annual char ter anniversary of the Bluffton Lions club at a dinner meeting next Tues day night in the high school gymna sium. It will be a ladies night meet ing. Marion B. Harover of Manchester, Ohio, governor of district 13-B of Lions clubs, will be the principal speaker. Another feature will be the presen tation of a special award to G. R. Bo gart, president of the Bluffton club, by International Director Henry Bowers, in recognition of the work of the local organization. Former District Governor Don Gibbs, of Urbana, who presented the charter to the Bluffton club five years ago, will be here for the next Tues day’s gala meeting to award Lions service keys to two Bluffton members. Delegations are expected from Fos toria, which has pledeged 100 per cent attendance from their club, Lima, To ledo, Marion, Celina, Coldwater, Ur bana, Akron, Canton, Lakewood and Columbus. Many prominent state of ficials of the Lions organization will be included in the parties attending. The occasion will be of special im portance to the Fostoria club as they are planning to celebrate at the din I ner here, their club’s charter night which also comes during this month. Special music for the banquet meet ing will be provided by the Bluffton College A Capella choir directed by Prof. Russell A. Lantz. Masonic Father-Son Dinner Date Changed Date for holding the Bluffton Ma sonic Father-Son dinner has been changed from this Thursday to Wed nesday night, March 1. The dinner will be held in the Masonic dining room at 6:30, it is announced by Harold Kennedy, master of the lodge. Utility’s Bluffton Plant Takes Over Load Of St. Mary’s Station Bluffton Lions To Entertain Visiting Clubs On Charter Night Five new members will be inducted into the club at next Tuesday’s meet ing, with Past District Governor Wal ter Hutchinson of Akron, in charge of the services. The new members in clude Paul D. Martinka, Mayor Wilbur A. Howe, Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, Prof. Francis A. Dabione and Ralph Y. Blos ser. Speaker for the evening will be Rev. C. C. Shedd, pastor of the First Methodist church in Findlay. Rev. Shedd ranks high in masonic circles and has held important offices in the order. He will speak on the subject “George Washington as a Man and Mason.” Bluffton Girls In Speech Meet Louise Dunifon and Phyllis Stein er placed fourth and sixth respect ively in a district extemporaneous speech contest held last Saturday in Findlay. The two girls represent ted Bluffton High school in the event. TWO-HEADED LAMB Albert Gibbs, residing in the Har ris property on South Main street exhibited a curiosity here Wednes day morning—a lamb with two heads born on the farm of his father near Mt. Cory. The lamb lived for a short time. Gibbs will have it stuffed and preserved as a relic. Ohio. The electric line was discon tinued in 1932. When the fires died out last week in the plant at St. Marys it likely was the first time since 1902, when Western Ohio interurban service was inaugurated from Wapakoneta to St. Marys that not a single boiler was in operation. Electricity will no longer be gen erated in St. Marys, and the former power house in the future will serve only as a sub-station from which current will be distributed to New Bremen, Minster and points west. All current used in the fu ture will be generated in Bluffton and Findlay, where another plant is operated on a part-time basis. Couple Announces New Year's Bedding Announcement has been made of the recent wedding of Miss Virginia Bell, youngest daughter of Thomas Bell of Orange township to Charles R. Emans, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. Emans of this place. The wedding took place on New Year’s day, 1939, at 6 p. m. at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. H. D. Camp in Rawson. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Morvaj of Pandora. Mrs. Morvay was the former Mabel Rice. Mrs. Emans was attired for the occasion in an afternoon frock of navy blue with gold accessories and wore a shoulder corsage of pink tea roses and baby breath. Her attend ant wore a burgundy frock with blue accessories and matching corsage. Mrs. Emans graduated from Bluff ton high school in 1936 and is em ployed at the plant of the Triplett Electrical Instrument company. Mr. Emans graduated from Bluff ton high school in 1932 and attended Bluffton college in 1934. He is now employed at the Hankish confection ery. The couple will reside at the Emans home on Mound street. Dedicatory Service For College Head A special dedicatory service for Dr. Lloyd L. Ramseyer, new presi dent of Bluffton college, was attend ed by an audience of approximately 500 persons last Wednesday night in the First Mennonite church. Leaders of Mennonite Christian education took part in the service. Rev. J. J. Plennert, president of the eastern district conference of Mennonites, was chairman and D. J. Unruh, pastor of the St. John Men nonite church, read scripture. Rev. G. I. Gundy, pastor of the Meadows Mennonite church near Genoa. Ill., offered prayer. Dr .S. K. Mosiman, president-emeritus of the college, presented the charge of service to Dr. L. L. Ramseyer and Rev. P. E. Whitmer, pastor of the Grace Men nonite church of Pandora, ordained the new president into the service of Christian education and its work. Dean J. S. Schultz, in behalf of the students, faculty and alumni of the school, gave a welcome to the new president. Bluffton Man Gets Citizenship Papers Robert Potts, west of Bluffton, was granted his citizenship papers in Lima Wednesday of last week, after a final hearing before Judge Emmit E. Everett. Potts, a native of Belgium, is em ployed at the plant of The Triplett electrical Instrument Co. Mrs. .P. Klassen, of South Jackson street, wife of Prof. Klas sen, of Bluffton college, who was denied citizenship papers several years ago because she objected on religious grounds to bearing arms in time of war, applied for citizenship again last week. The court tabled her request for six months, pending a U. S. district court ruling on a similar case. The outcome of the district case in all probability will govern final disposi tion of Mrs. Klassen’s petition to be permitted to take an amended oath of allegiance in which she would not be required to swear she would bear arms. CONDITION UNCHANGED J. C. Guider who suffered a para lytic stroke several weeks ago con tinues seriously ill at his home south of Bluffton. His condition is report ed unchanged. MBMM BLUFFTON A Good Place to Live and a Good Place to Trade NUMBER 42 BIG PROGRAM OF CATTLE FEEDING Many White Faced Herefords On Farms in Bluffton Area This Winter Marketing of Feeders Started Saturday to Continue Thru Summer Forage crops which last fall filled barns thruout this district to the bursting point are being rapidly diminished this winter in one of the most extensive livestock feeding pro grams seen here in recent years. Hogs—the perennial and old faith ful vehicle for the marketing of the corn crop are sharing prominence this winter with a really sizeable cattle feeding project. Cattle, principally white-faced Herefords, shipped in last summer and fall from the western plains are thriving on provender grown in the Bluffton district. Although the vol ume of feed required for the live stock projects this winter has been unusually large, there is no indica tion of anything like a shortage in fact there has developed during the past two months an additional de mand for feeding shoats. Cattle in Good Condition With an abundance of feed avail able, cattle generally on farms thru out the district are coming thru the winter in good condition. Majority of the feeders purchased here were small, averaging around 400 pounds. Under the regular procedure the stock will be put on grass this spring and given a corn finish for summer and fall marketing. A few farmers who started their livestock program last fall with heavier cattle are now getting in position to market their offerings. One sizeable lot of this class of cat tle, averaging around 1,000 pounds was sold on the market here last Saturday. Because of uncertainty over the future course of the market, there also appears to be some disposition on the part of farmers to lighten their commitments and dispose of some cattle in the 500 and 600 pound class before being properly finished out for market requirements. Couple On Honeymoon Fly From California lying east from the Pacific coast the first of the week on an airplane honeymoon trip, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Frederick, married in Oak land, Calif., last Sunday, are visit ing in Ashtabula, Ohio, at the home of his parents Dr. and Mrs. H. O. Frederick. Dr. and Mrs. Frederick were form er Bluffton residents and Harold, their youngest son, was employed heie at the Meter works several years ago. The wedding, which took place last Sunday was solemnized in the Epis copal church in Oakland. The bride was the former Kay Ann Campbell, a resident of that city. The couple left on their airplane wedding trip immediately following the ceremony. Mr.* Frederick is employed by the United Air lines as a radio operator at Burbank, Calif., where the couple will reside. World Day Of Prayer Meeting Here Feb. 24 V omen of the different congrega tions in Bluffton will take part in the annual \V orld Day of Prayer in the Lutheran church, Friday, Feb ruary 24. The yearly gathering for many years always has been held on the first Friday in Lent. Women of all denominations throughout the world gather some part of that day for observance. Among the informative matter sent out by the National Committee of Church Women, is a tentative program which suggests periods of praise and Thanksgiving. Leaders have been selected for each period. An uregnt invitation is extended to all. MOVE TO ADA Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Huber resid ing four miles south of Bluffton will move from their farm to their resi dence property in Ada next month. They will hold a public sale at the farm on Thursday, March 2. The Huber farm will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fleming who have rented the place for the coming year. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming will move from the home of her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Welty of West Elm street.